Measurement of fluid velocity development in laminar pipe flow using laser Doppler velocimetry

Arman Molki, Lyes Khezzar, Afshin Goharzadeh

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Abstract

In this paper we present a non-intrusive experimental approach for obtaining velocity gradient profiles in a transparent smooth pipe under laminar flow conditions (Re = 925) using a laser Doppler velocimeter (LDV). Measurements were taken within the entrance region of the pipe at l = 300 mm and l = 600 mm from the pipe inlet, in addition to measurements of the fully developed flow at l = 1800 mm. The obtained results show how the velocity profile from upstream of the pipe develops into a classical laminar profile downstream, which matches the theoretical profile well. Additionally, a brief summary of historical information about the development of flow measurement techniques, in particular LDV, is provided.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)1127-1134
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013

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